In November, Vault Comics will release Black Stars Above, a historical cosmic horror tale from Lonnie Nadler, Jenna Cha, Brad Simpson, and Hassan Otsmane-Elhaou.
The year is 1887 and a storm brews. A young fur trapper flees her overbearing family only to get lost in a dreamlike winter wilderness that harbours a cosmic threat. The fur trade is dead and the nation is changing. Yet, Eulalie Dubois has spent her entire life tending to her family’s trapline, isolated from the world. A chance at freedom comes in the form of a parcel that needs delivering to a nameless town north of the wilderness. Little does Eulalie know, something sinister hides in those woods and it yearns for what she has.
“While the horror in this story is deeply personal in its exploration of family, BLACK STARS ABOVE, as the title implies, is above all else, a cosmic horror story,” says writer Lonnie Nadler. “I’ve always found this subgenre appealing because it deals with sublime threats that are by definition undefinable. These stories are terrifying because in exploring that which we cannot know, we come to learn more about ourselves and our place in the cosmos.”
“How can we continue to survive in the face of the unknown?” Nadler continues. “This project is very much an attempt to tell a story that fits in line with Lovecraft and his contemporaries, while also coming to terms with the author’s unfortunate xenophobia and hopefully telling a story that addresses those issues by seeing these ‘horrors’ through the lens of a character who cannot help but be impacted by them.”
Black Stars Above arrives on November 6, 2019.